Analysis Of ' Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet '

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Daniela Ochoa


Mrs. Levine

19 April 2016 Women’s Roles in Hamlet

“There’s a remarkable amount of sexism on TV. When male characters are flawed, they’re interesting, deep and complex, but when women characters are flawed, they’re just a mess.” Ellen Pompeo. In “Hamlet” Ophelia and Gertrude are the only females mentioned throughout the Shakespeare’s tragic play. The two women are unappreciated and are considered fragile and weak-minded by the men in the play. Although the women play unforgettable leads, they also lie under the shadows of the powerful male characters in the play. The women and their unheard words and opinions are well kept from us because of the male’s characteristics, tragedies, and triumphs throughout each scene and still praised for their acts. For example, Prince Hamlet is seen as a nobleman and yet he exposes his mother Gertrude and his so called “lover” Ophelia, as the frail and dishonest women they are portrayed as, socially unimportant in the small role they play. Women are more of the filler characters to add a little bit more to the drama. Gertrude, Hamlet 's mother, and Ophelia, Hamlet 's love interest, are affected by the many decisions and actions done by Hamlet.

Following this idea of how the women are portrayed as foolish and poor
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